22 June 2017
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  • 22/06/2017 - PALESTINE - EGYPT

    The Strip now has two hours of electricity per day. The power plant will return to work in the next few hours. Last week, Hamas leaders met with Egyptian officials.




    22/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul's Al-Nouri Mosque destroyed. Isis and the United States exchange blame


    In that mosque in Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in 2014. Al-Abadi: It is an official declaration of defeat. " The mosque and the leaning minaret were among the oldest monuments in the city dating back to the 12th century. The old town of Mosul has been under siege. According to Isis it was destroyed by American operations.

     


    21/06/2017 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Bishop Joseph Absi is the new patriarch of the Greek Melkite Church


    Today’s election took place during the extraordinary Synod currently underway in Aley, Lebanon. Born in Damascus in 1946, he has served as a patriarchal vicar in the Syrian capital since 2007. His elevation follows the resignation of Patriarch Emeritus Gregory III Lahham at the end of a troubled period for the community.


    21/06/2017 - IRAQ – VATICAN

    For Bishop Ortega, Christian suffering in Iraq is a gift for us. Now it is time to rebuild


    Christians did not give up their faith, or even pretended to, but left everything behind. Now their life is precarious but there is no grudge in their hearts, as they pray for their persecutors and thankful for what happened because "it was an opportunity to rediscover what is most important, which is faith". On the Nineveh Plain, military victory is not enough. Christians have to return because they are "the presence of Christ."


    21/06/2017 - VATICAN - SOUTH SUDAN

    ‘Pope for South Sudan’ initiative launched


    Since he cannot travel to the country at present, Pope Francis has launched a number of local initiative to support health, agriculture and education. He also renewed his call on the international community to stop the ongoing massacres.


    21/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says to be saints we just need to do our duty "with hearts open to God"


    "The last word on man's history is not hatred, it is not death, it is not war. At every moment of life we ​​are assisting the hand of God, and also the discreet presence of all the believers who have preceded us with the sign of faith. "

     


    21/06/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    The Saudi king nominates 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman hereditary prince



    The decision approved by 31 (out of 34) members of the Alliance Council marks a turning point in succession. The current number two Mohammed bin Nayef was dethroned, payment for a weak policy in the context of the crisis with Qatar. The young heir mastermind behind war in Yemen and a supporter of the frontal confrontation with Iran.

     


    21/06/2017 - BELGIUM

    Brussels: suspect attacker killed after an explosion. No victims but a lot of fear


    An explosion shook Brussels’ central station. A witness asserts that the attacker had yelled "Allah is great" before detonating his suitcase. The episode fuels climate of fear in the heart of Europe. Islamic terrorism’s strategy of tension.


     


    20/06/2017 - LEBANON – VATICAN

    After the Golden Jubilee, the future of the Charismatic Renewal (Part II)

    by Fady Noun

    The Charismatic Renewal had gone beyond geographical and ecclesial boundaries, towards a basic ecumenism. The Lebanon War, 9/11, and regional conflicts were in the prophecies of darkness. The Christian exodus and the mission in the Middle East remain important issues. The Renewal’s future is interwoven with the future of the Church and the world. An open spirit and fidelity to the calling are needed.


    20/06/2017 - LIBANO – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: peace and fight against arms trade to meet refugee emergency


    Today is the UN’s World Refugee Day. In 2016, refugees numbered 65.6 million, 300,000 more than last year. Every three seconds someone in the world is forced to abandon their home. For Fr Karam, the US-Saudi arms deal is worrisome. Church backs small entrepreneurship projects.


    20/06/2017 - MIDDLE EAST – EUROPE

    Terrorism and migrants: Mideast leaders blackmailing Europe

    by Luca Galantini

    Attacks in European capitals are meant to destabilise the foreign policy of countries like Great Britain, Germany, and France. Even Italy’s "neutral" position does not guarantee immunity. Dealing with immigration must be part of a long-term coexistence strategy. Working on economic and political development in countries of origin is also necessary. In ‘Caritas in Veritate’, Benedict XVI had prophetic words.


    20/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Don Mazzolari, a pastor convinced that the destinies of the world mature in the peripheries


    Francis went to Bozzolo, not far from Mantua, tied to the memory of the "parish priest of Italy," the uncomfortable priest of whom Paul VI said, "He walked one step ahead and often we could not hold him back! And so he suffered and we also suffered. It is the fate of prophets. "

     


    20/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Don Milani, the mission of educating a "free conscience"


    Francis travels to Barbiana, in Italy. Don Milani a priest who wanted to "awaken the human in people to open them to the divine". "Only by fully possesing the word is it possible to discern among the many and often confused messages that rain down upon us, and to give expression to the deep instances of our heart, as well as the expectations of justice of so many brothers and sisters waiting for justice."


    20/06/2017 - UN

    UN refugee record hit in 2016: 65.6 million


    Today is the World Refugee Day. Data released yesterday by UNHCR. About 40.3 million internally displaced persons; 22.5 Refugees; 2.8 million asylum seekers. Nearly 84% of the burden of hospitality is supported by poor countries, despite the focus on migrant crises in Europe.

     


    20/06/2017 - ISRAEL - IRAN

    Iran moves on ISIS targets in Syria. The ire of Israel


    Ballistic missiles launched by Islamic Republic struck an IS training center in Deir Ezzor province. It is the first attackon foreign soil since the end of the war with Iraq in the 1980s. A response to the recent attacks on capital. Netanyahu considers the operation a "threat" to the Jewish state. And he sends a warning to Tehran.


    19/06/2017 - LEBANON – VATICAN

    After the Golden Jubilee, the future of the Charismatic Renewal (Part I)

    by Fady Noun

    An "Ecumenical Pentecost" is analysed historically and theologically. Leo XIII and Sr Elena Guerra, together with a small US Protestant congregation, played a key role. For Paul VI the movement represented "an opportunity for the Church". Its contribution touches the renewal of the theology of the Western Church and Reformed Churches.


    19/06/2017 - SYRIA - VATICAN

    Cardinal Zenari: signs of "improvement" in Syria but Christians continue to suffer


    In Aleppo, up to two-thirds of the Christian population has left the city, about half has left the rest of the country. Jobs must be provided for those who remain, education to their children, and "spiritual support" so that they can continue the mission of "bearing witnesses to Christ" in a Muslim-majority country. Next week, the cardinal will meet with the pope.


    19/06/2017 - SYRIA - USA

    Raqqa:US Air force shoots down a Syrian jet, pilot missing


    The jet was engaged on a mission against the Islamic State. Damascus speaks of "gross attack". According to Washington, it hit soldiers of the US-backed Arab-Kurd coalition. Joint exercises between Iran and China in the Persian Gulf.

     


    19/06/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN-ISLAM

    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured


    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured

     


    19/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Young people should be educated based on intellect, affection and action


    Francis opened the ecclesial conference of the diocese of Rome on youth education. In a society devastated and dominated by consumerism, try to offer the possibility of harmonious growth not only on a personal level but also a social and spiritual level.


    18/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Eucharist is the sacrament that heals our memory, wounded by a frantic life


    Pope Francis celebrated the Corpus Domini Mass this Sunday following the Italian, not the Vatican liturgical calendar. Today, if we leave “our memories behind [. . .] living only for the moment, we risk remaining ever on the surface of things”. The Eucharist is a “living remembrance that comforts us with God’s love”. It “is not a sacrament ‘for me’; it is the sacrament of the many, who form one body”. The procession made its way from St John Lateran to Saint Mary Major. The canopy with the ostensory was followed by the "holy faithful people of God".


    18/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In the Eucharist Jesus helps us, pilgrims in history


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned World Refugee Day, on 20 June, whose theme is "‘With Refugees. Now more than ever we need to stand with Refugees.’ “[M]eeting refugees in person dissipates distorted fears and ideologies, and becomes a factor of growth in humanity”. The pontiff will go on pilgrimage to Bozzolo (Mantova) and Barbiana (Florence) to honour the memory of Don Primo Mazzolari and Don Lorenzo Milani, whose testimony "the world still needs today". Tonight, the pontiff will lead the Corpus Domini Mass in St John in Lateran, and the Eucharistic procession to Saint Mary Major.


    17/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Christians and Muslims to rebuild Mosul university library after destructions by the Islamic State


    Professors, students, intellectuals and private donors, in Iraq and abroad, are contributing with books and donations. The initiative began three months ago, when the eastern sector of the city was freed. The university president bemoans the destruction, almost 100 per cent loss. The library held thousands of rare books inside. So far 6,000 books have been collected so far.


    16/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Be aware of being "clay vessels", only God’s power saves


    Only if we accept that we are made of clay can the "extraordinary power of God” come to us and give us fullness, salvation, happiness, and the joy of being saved, thus receiving the Lord's "treasure".


    16/06/2017 - ISRAEL

    Fr. Neuhaus: Christian Migrants of the Holy Land, bearers of "vitality, vivacity and devotion"


    In the Holy Land there are 150,000 Christian migrants, 60,000 Catholics. They come from all over the world, with different hopes and motives: those looking for work, those fleeing from war and dictatorship. The Church of Jerusalem "A Mother where everyone can feel at home" gives them support. Grateful for the beauty of diversity. Asylum seekers are the most vulnerable, "productive" part of the Church and society.


    16/06/2017 - YEMEN - UN

    UN: Yemen's humanitarian crisis demands immediate cease-fire and humanitarian corridors


    The Security Council unanimously approves an appeal addressed to all parties involved in the conflict. It is essential to ensure access to the port of Hodeida, which is a "vital still of salvation". Since the beginning of the cholera emergency 923 deaths, suspected cases have exceeded 124 thousand.


    16/06/2017 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Abu Dhabi, a mosque dedicated to "Mary, Mother of Jesus". Bishop Hinder: Sign of tolerance


    For the apostolic vicar, the Emirates decision is a "positive step ". It shows "openness and interest in Islamic-Christian dialogue". The mosque is within walking distance of Saint Joseph's Cathedral; A place of Christian worship and a Muslim has created a stylized "Holy Family". The Emirate example of tolerance in a region characterized by conflicts.   


    15/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Corruption is "a form of blasphemy" that "gives birth to the culture of death"


    Francis has written the preface to a book that is an interview with Card. Tukson titled "Corrosion". Today, even just "imagining the future" is a very difficult undertaking, corruption even undermines the "hope" that an improvement is possible.


    15/06/2017 - ISLAM-MIDDLE EAST

    Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part One)

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    There are good relations between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. The difficulties were born and nurtured by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabite Islam, as well as with the Muslim Brotherhoods in Egypt. Sunnism of this ilk are similar to al Qaeda and Daesh. The contribution of Christians to Arab culture involves modernity, education, the role of women in society. Arabic culture unites Christians and Muslims in the East.


    15/06/2017 - QATAR - USA

    The United States sells weapons to Qatar for $ 12 billion


    The sale of at least 36 US-F-15 hunters is expected. Signature comes amid heightened tensions between Doha and Saudi Arabia and after sale of $ 400 billion in arms to Riyadh. Pentagon: an "agreed" sale  to "increase security cooperation”. 






    Editor's choices

    RUSSA - VATICAN
    Vatican and Russian orthodox scholars debate history and Ostpolitik

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The conference begins tomorrow and continues until June 21. Joint work was blocked in 2002 over allegations of "proselytism" against the Russian Catholic Church. Change of climate after the meeting between Francis and Kirill in Havana in 2016. Russians prefer to talk about common mission to the world rather than unity of the united Church in the first 10 centuries.

     


    LAOS - VATICAN
    The “strength of the Church is within the small churches”, says Laos’s first cardinal

    Weena Kowitwanij

    On 21 May, Pope Francis announced his nomination, a surprise for Laos’s 50,000- strong Catholic community. It is a “baby Church” that experiences the first proclamation and is turned towards Tribals and animists. "Some of the most serious problems are the shortage of personnel and the quality of education,” the prelate said. "Some people think that being a cardinal is an honour,” but for Mgr Mangkhanekhoun it means advising the pope on how to “solve problems.”


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